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Blanket Chests: Outstanding Designs from 30 of the World's Finest Furniture Makers Paperback – March 15, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600852998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600852992
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 9.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SCOTT GIBSON is a woodworker and former editor of "Fine Woodworking "magazine. He now writes for a number of publications, including "Fine Homebuilding." He is the author of "The Workshop "and "Bathroom Ideas that Work "and co-author of "Green from the Ground "Up and "Toward a Zero Energy Home." PETER TURNER designs and builds furniture at his home in South Portland, Maine


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Luke Warmwater on March 31, 2011
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This book showcases 30 chests made by as many craftsmen. The first chapter is about various joinery methods that are used in the construction of chests. This is followed by short chapters on each chest. These chapters include photos and illustrations including basic dimensions and design. The information falls a little short of being an actual shop manual.
I had assumed some of the designs would be historically accurate reproductions such as a Queen Anne/Chippendale Pennsylvania chest but this is not the case. Three or four show strong historical influence, but most are modern or even avant garde.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David C. Brayton VINE VOICE on April 17, 2011
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I like this book a lot. It is written for an experienced woodworker. The description of each chest is not a step-by-step instructional. Instead, it covers the unique aspect of each chest in detail and leaves the straight forward stuff unwritten.

For example. Mr. Peaert's chest describes how to make the wooden 'straps' in detail. But, I found some non-obvious details missing. For example, again Mr. Peart's chest--how is the base attached to the box? Also, a few more details about the joinery associated with the curved panels on Mr. Thibadeau's work would have been useful.

A number of these chests are for the advanced woodworker. The chest with the lapstrake construction and tapered sides or the chest shown on the front cover (top row, middle picture)--definitely not for the newbie. If I were to see these in a gallery, I'd expect to see price tags of well over $5,000.

I was rather disappointed that several chests have been shown in other publications. For example, the cylinder chest and the chest with the lapstrake construction have been shown and detailed in other places.

Overall, definitely work buying if you already know your way around a wood shop. But definitely it should have been all new chests.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sogwap on August 11, 2012
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If I had a choice again I would not buy this book. So much is emphasized on art rather than being practical in usage. There are triangle chests, round chests, and others that just take up more space than what can be used for storage. Some carvings in this book I would call just plain ugly. I could take a picture of worms in my driveway and it would look the same. Granted, there are some nice chests in this book, but I doubt I would ever copy any of these for a blanket chest project. It seems the more difficult it is to make a chest, the better it is for being rated as great furniture. Some designs need a special figure to set it apart, which usually calls for expensive wood. If you want to make a blanket chest that's practical for storage and doesn't require expensive wood and time consuming joinery and construction, then go elsewhere for ideas and plans.
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